China’s nationalistic State media outlets usually turn to hawkish Chinese strategists when they want to deploy verbal missiles targeting India, but they have now found an unlikely source for blistering op-eds: an Indian national living in China.

“India has very serious issues at home,” wrote Gaurav Tyagi in his latest commentary, published on Sunday in no less than the English-website of the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party (CPC), saying that “violence, killings and rapes” were “common across the country”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Bangalore Mirror Bureau

Keeping anxieties alive over moving India’s premier military aviation show, the Aero India, from Bengaluru which has hosted 10 such biennial editions on the trot since 1996, defence minister Manohar Parrikar has now said it “can be shifted” to his home state Goa.

While confirming that the 11th edition of the air show, Aero India 2017, will indeed be held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Parrikar reportedly said, “Goa has already successfully organised Defence Expo last year. If local population (Goans) want, we can shift both the events here including the Aero Show.” Continue reading


Indian Army soldier, Chandu Babulal Chavan, who was released by Pakistan today, had crossed the LoC “inadvertently” due to “severe grievances with his superiors and leadership”, according to a Pakistan Foreign Office statement.

Chavan, 23, of the 37 Rashtriya Rifles, “crossed the Line of Control over severe grievances with his superiors and leadership. Pakistan convinced the soldier to return to India being an Indian national and address his grievances through local grievance mechanisms,” the Pakistani statement said.  Continue reading


Nearly two weeks after soldiers from several central paramilitary forces went public with their grievances, documents reveal the stark disparity between the Indian Army and the Border Security Force (BSF).

Salary documents provided by the BSF to Mint reveal there is a difference ranging from 2.5% to 48%, after the Seventh Pay Commission was implemented, between pay scales of the BSF and the Army. Continue reading


The second 1,000 MW atomic power reactor at the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu has attained its maximum capacity, the Russian builders announced on Sunday.

“Kudankulam NPP Unit No 2 has for the first time reached 100 per cent power level,” state-run Rosatom subsidiary ASE Group said in a statement. “This night (Saturday) after completing the physical experiments stage at 90 per cent power level and after obtaining the permission of the Indian regulatory authority, the reactor plant was brought to 100 per cent nominal level of neutron power,” it said. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Individuals with origins and links to the Kashmir valley announced the formation of a new organisation in London to highlight the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir to the western world, and play a role in potential resolution of the conflict.

Called Kashmir Voice International (KVI), the forum’s chairman is educationist MA Raina, with Irshad Ahmad Malik its vice-chairman and Javid Kakroo the secretary. They told newspersons on Saturday that the forum will mainly focus on human rights and political issues. Continue reading


France on Wednesday said that it continues to remain optimistic about India acquiring membership of the 48 member Nuclear suppliers Group (NSG)Diplomatic Advisor to the French President Mr. Audibert addressed the media today post his key note address in the Raisina dialogue 2017 that is taking place in the capital. He spoke about various issues concerning about terrorism and India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) bid.

France’s national security Advisor, Jacques Audibert said he remains hopeful about New Delhi gaining entry into the grouping of key global nuclear suppliers. Continue reading


India’s Baloch offensive might be on the slow burner for a while as it watches whether small hints of a thaw after the change of guard at Pakistan army headquarters and at ISI could open space for PM Sharif to improve bilateral ties.

This could mean a decision on Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti’s application for political asylum in India may have to wait a few more months as the security establishment evaluates if a possible reorientation of Islamabad’s policy towards terrorism and India comes about. Continue reading


With China making rapid progress in artificial intelligence (AI)-based research, it is imperative that India view AI as a critical element of its national security strategy, recommends an August 2016 report titled India and the Artificial Intelligence Revolution.

Authored by Shashi Shekhar Vempati of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the report advocates spurring AI-based innovation and establishing AI-ready infrastructure as prerequisites for preparing India’s jobs and skills markets for an AI-based future and securing its strategic interests. Continue reading


India is looking to expand counter-terrorism cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—once seen as a key strategic ally of Pakistan—during a visit by crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, this week.

Sheikh Zayed, who is also the supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade on 26 January. He is only the second leader from the Gulf region to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade—after the late king Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2006. Continue reading


12 of the 52 arrested in the country over the past two years for links with the terror group are from the state. Maharashtra seems to be emerging as the breeding ground for terrorists, with 12 out of the 52 arrested for links to Islamic State or Daesh coming from this state.

The terror organisation has become a major concern for security agencies as out of the 64 suspected terrorists arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in all terror-related cases in the past two years, 52 of them have been arrested for their role in Daesh. Out of these, 12 were arrested in Maharashtra, followed closely by Kerala (11) and Telangana (10). Continue reading


The Indian services chiefs at the combined commanders’ conference held at the Indian military academy at Dehradum gave an extensive briefing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issues ranging from operational preparedness and infrastructure development along the borders with China and Pakistan as well as the long-pending reforms in the country’s higher defence management.

According to Indian media, the commanders stressed for development infrastructure along Pakistan and Chinese borders to facilitate the movement of troops in times of emergency. Continue reading


ISRO is ought to get into record books next month by launching 103 satellites in one go using its workhorse PSLV-C37.

Here are the details of how all the satellites will be placed in the orbit.
  • The satellites will be separated from the launch vehicle in different directions. The separation angle and time of separation will be such that one satellite will not collide with another. Continue reading


With the Railways suspecting sabotage in derailment of Hirakhand Express in Andhra Pradesh, the Home Ministry may ask the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to include the incident in its ongoing probe into possible role of Pakistan spy agency ISI in Indore-Patna Express mishap last year.

“The Home Ministry may ask the NIA to see if the derailment in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday was a subversive act. The NIA can expand the scope of their ongoing probe,” official sources said. Continue reading


The security forces hit back at the militants on Sunday, gunning down two of them, hours after they had killed two Assam Rifles personnel in an ambush along Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

The police said the militants had triggered IED and grenade blasts and fired indiscriminately from sophisticated weapons while laying the ambush on a road opening party (ROP) of the Assam Rifles.
Two personnel, who were critically injured, succumbed to their injuries later. Continue reading

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